Our Relationship with God in Heaven (Section 6)
January 16, 2008
Intro: Who is one famous person you would like to spend an hour
John Donne quote, p. 171
What comes into your mind when you think about spending
time with God in eternity?
1. Is being with God one of the things you long for? Ps. 63:1.
Do we desire nothing on earth besides God? Ps. 73:25
2. What will it be like to see God’s face?
a. Before, no one could see his face Ex. 33:18-23, I Tim.
6:16, Num. 12:8 (unclear)
b. They will see his face. Rev. 22:4, Matt. 5:8, Job 19:25-27,
c. John 1:14, 14:6ff If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the
Father. See God when we see Jesus. In what way? Heb.
13:8 Same yesterday (on earth), today (intermediate
heaven) and forever (in permanent heaven). What does it
mean for Jesus to be God-man forever?
d. Can enter his presence now Heb. 10:19, 4:16 in Most
Holy Place, throne.
3. Would God want to be with you? Celebrities may be bored
with us (Nicklaus, Woods). But God and Jesus, hard as it
may be to believe, will want to be with us and spend time
4. Do you think it would be interesting to be with God? Is he
like the person you know is good but you really don’t want to
be around for long periods of time, who wouldn’t be fun?
5. Would God have time for you? Or Jesus? Do we imagine
getting to see God is like standing in line to see the
department store Santa? Jesus, although he is man, is also
God. So he may be omnipresent, and able to be in all places,
with all of us, at once. On earth the man part may have
limited the God part, but in earth the God part may win. We
know God can be everywhere. In a sense Jesus is already in
many places at once now, in heaven at the right hand of God,
while at the same time with us. Matt. 28:20 He may indwell
us there too, unimpeded by any sin or distractions from our
6. What questions do you want to ask God when you get with
him? Inquisition? An accounting? What stories in the Bible
do you want to know the “back-story” on?
7. What would you do with him? P. 180 being with him,
gazing at him, eating, talking, worshiping, walking, laughing.
8. God is source of all pleasures, and in enjoying them we
enjoy God. Read quote, p. 177, All secondary joys…
a. Do diagram of God at center, us around circle with other
people, things, events, all of whom in some way transmit
a part of God to us. Rom. 1:20
b. Other people, events, and pleasures in heaven are not
competition with God, but rather extensions of him, ways
he provides us with pleasures indirectly from him.
c. I Tim. 4:3-5 Everything God created is good, and
nothing is to be rejected if it is received with
thanksgiving. Only wrong when the gift replaces the
d. I Tim. 6:17, Richly provides us with everything for our
enjoyment, so we should enjoy it!
e. Rom. 8:32 Will graciously give us all things, along with
f. We should be grateful for it all. And we should look
forward to being with this One most of all who is the
source of all this pleasure, interesting activities and
9. We are with God, he will be with us. Gen. 3:8, Rev. 21:3,
Lev. 26:11-12, Ez. 37:27, quoted in 2 Cor. 6:16
a. We will live in the presence of God, and we know that he
cannot be around anyone or thing unholy or sinful in any
way, so we shall be perfect.
b. What would be like when you’re perfect? Have you had
perfect minutes? Hours? Days? We will have them, “we
will be perfect” (Matt. 5:48), because we are always in his
c. In a sense we’re already participating in heaven life now,
Col. 3:1, Heb. 12:22-23 We already should be rejoicing
in and reacting to things the same way heaven’s
inhabitants are, and this should affect how we act now.
“A man who sees himself seated with Christ in heaven, in
the very presence of a God to whom the angles cry out,
“Holy, holy, holy,” won’t spend his evenings viewing
d. No wonder the devil doesn’t want us to think about
heaven, because he will lose power over us now.
10. Worshipping God--“To imagine that worshiping God
could be boring is to impose on Heaven our bad experiences of
a. Heaven will be bright, active, interesting, and loud!
b. The church will be there, as God’s people, but no temple,
and no services?
c. We’ll worship him always.
i. Not just on our faces
ii. But in all we do, because all is worship. What other
way is there to make sense of passages like I Th.
d. What will singing with millions (in tune!) be like? Ex. of
ACU singing the Lord bless you and keep you to James
Conclusion: Experience of being on a long trip, maybe months or
years, maybe in hardship or danger. Anticipation of homecoming,
and pleasure of finally being back with, hugging seeing, loved ones.
Even better in heaven.
“Hearts on earth may say in the course of a joyful experience, „I don‟t
want this ever to end.‟ But invariably it does. The hearts of those in
heaven say, „I want this to go on forever.‟ And it will.
There is no better news than this.” J.I. Packer